Art for the Soul

Art for the Soul

The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) here at St. James’ Episcopal Church began a new ministry in May 2017, Art for the Soul. Each month different artists have their pieces displayed in Fowler Hall, including paintings, photography, and other forms of art, such as pottery, jewelry and mosaics. This program allows the artist to showcase and sell art to the members of St. James’ as well as others who attend various programs throughout the month.  DOK will use its proceeds from Art for the Soul to support outreach ministries. Please come visit our display in Fowler Hall. Purchases can be made by contacting DOK at or by calling Cathy Richardson at 601-572-5096 about making a purchase in June.


We are pleased to introduce you to June’s featured artists, Fran P. and The Mustard Seed.




Fran P.

Fan P. was born in Munich, Germany – an “Army brat”. She started making art at age 5. Her first painting was in 1962, and first commission (of a horse) in 1963. She made $85.

Fan continued in Art throughout her school years. She entered a Miss Teenage Beauty contest in 1966, making it to the national level in Dallas. Oil painting was her talent. She later studied Art under Homer Casteel while attending Meridian Junior College.

Fan worked in the advertising industry from 1971-1985 in Meridian, MS, Dothan Al, and Nashville, TN. She used her skills as a graphic artist.

In 1985 a doctor told Fan she’d never do art again. Despite that, she started back up in 1999-doing renderings. A few years ago she came to Jaquith Nursing Home near Brandon, and began participating in their art program. With encouragement from staff, she has produced the work on display now in St. James’ “Art for the Soul” display.





The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed seeks to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community with meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential that God has created within them.

Our Seedsters participate in a ceramic art therapy program Monday-Thursday during our day program. Through their ceramics, the Seedsters are able to demonstrate their creativity, ability, and talent; ultimately instilling a sense of self-worth and accomplishment.

The ceramic arts program at the Mustard Seed provides clients with an opportunity to contribute to their own support. The Seedsters ceramics are sold and are responsible for bringing in about 20% of our annual income. Painting provides the Seedsters an opportunity to express themselves, and it instills a great sense of pride in each and every one of the 41 Seedsters who currently participate in the day program.

Mustard Seed ceramics are sold in the gift shop on campus as well as online. To learn more about The Mustard Seed visit their website at

Our featured artists for June are Fran P.(on the wall) and The Mustard Seed(in the showcase)

If you have any questions, special requests, or would like to make a purchase please contact: Helen Graham at or 601.953.6111.